It’s lonely being a NaNo abstainer.
Don’t get me wrong – NaNo is a great community builder for the thousands of writers working, alone but together, to fast-draft their way past mental barriers and excuses. But what about the rest of us? We feel left out and behind as online communities and critique groups shut down, as every other novelist in the world is writing more, faster, and better than we are.
I’m not a fast writer. At least I wasn’t until the end of my most current WIP, when I started writing a break-neck speed, barely pausing for dialogue tags and those pesky adverbs I’ll have to edit out later (so maybe there is an upside). But I got finished, and now I have a pile of manuscript pages, demanding to be whipped into some semblance of readability.
But that means NaNo isn’t for me this year. I’d propose a National Novel Revising Month for those, like me, who need to fix what’s already written. But that leaves out writers who need to complete their WIPs, not begin new ones.
So for my fellow NaNo conscientious objectors, let’s make this National Novel Revising, Completion, and Progress Month. Otherwise known as November. My personal is goal to get a draft out to betas by the end of the month.
Who’s in? What are your goals for November?